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What is a Ciclovia and Why is it Coming to Denver?

August 4, 2011

Posted By:
Maren Stewart, President & CEO

The term "ciclovia" may be new to your vocabulary, but you've ever dreamed of biking, running, or strolling through the streets as your own pedestrian thoroughfare, you are already familiar with the concept.

 Viva Streets, Denver's first ciclovia, will transform 23rd Avenue between City Park and Stapleton into a car-free parkway for everyone to enjoy. Hosted by LiveWell Colorado and BikeDenver, the event takes place Sunday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our intentions are not only to help people be active in the streets but also to give them a different perspective of our streets as part of a healthy city.

Ciclovia is a Spanish term meaning "bike parkway." The term recently has been adopted by cities across the world to describe one-day street closure events that foster physical activity and civic pride. The original ciclovia was conceived in Bogata, Columbia, in the 1980s as a response to traffic congestion, and the city still holds a 70-mile ciclovia every Sunday.

Each summer, cities such as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Madison, Wis., Portland, Ore., and others across the world hold several ciclovias, attracting upwards of 25,000 people to each event.

Viva Streets participants can enjoy a variety of fun, healthy activities along the street closure route, including yoga and zumba demonstrations, face painting and jump-rope demonstrations, healthy food trucks and cooking demonstrations, a kids bike skills rodeo, a classic bicycle display and bicycle repair vendors, health screenings and much more.

If you have ever blocked off a cul-de-sac for a street hockey match, taken your kids for a bike ride around the block or simply wished for a car-free zone in which you can be active, I hope you will join us. Viva Streets taps into the power of our city's streets to get people moving, bring neighbors together and strengthen Colorado's healthy, active culture.

We would love for you to join us for this important event.  Volunteers are still needed as well. For more information please visit VivaStreets.org.

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